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Product of the Month – February 2016

One of the exciting new activities we are starting this year is Product of the Month. Each month we will feature a different product – it could be a yarn, a book, a pattern or a tool – and we are offering a 10% discount (20% for members) on the chosen item for the entire month. Woohoo! We will have a display set up in the shop so look for it when you come in.

And now for the nitty-gritty:

  • The 10% discount is only available on new purchases of the featured product/s – it doesn’t apply to items already on lay-by.
  • No lay-bys.
  • If the product/s are returned, as per our usual returns policy, they must be accompanied by the receipt of purchase. Yarns are only accepted for return if we still have the dye lot in stock; books, patterns, needles and accessories are not returnable. The refund will be given as an exchange on additional items or as a credit note and the refundable amount will be the amount actually paid, i.e. the discounted value of the product. Of course, if a product is damaged when purchased please bring it back to us ASAP.

So, keep a watch for the Sunspun newsletter to find out the hero for each month. We hope you find wonderful new products that you may not have previously considered using.

Now to introduce this month’s product, which is Rowan’s Revive, which we reviewed in depth in October.  This recycled cotton, silk and viscose yarn creates a fabric with a subtle tweedy texture (see the swatch below) but not the weight, producing garments that will work for a summer’s evening through to pieces for layering. It drapes well and softens when washed, so check your gauge after a soak.

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Come and see our new sample using Revive instore: Emmer is knitted in the round with a simple square neckline. This versatile top can be paired with a jacket for the office, and dressed down with jeans for Saturday run-arounds. It works up quickly too, so come in and give Revive a try this month.

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February at Sunspun

Well, the heat is still with us – perfect for cool summer knitting projects!  The kidlets are back at school and the ‘real’ year is beginning.  We will be kicking things up a few notches this year and introducing some new activities and opportunities for you to have some fun with your yarny endeavours and to increase your knowledge of all things yarn.

To start us off, our Term 1 classes get underway.  We have some new classes, some  returning classes and some new and guest teachers for you – oh, and of course, our beloved ‘returning’ teachers!!  You can check out our Classes page to find out more.  We have added a Classes Board in the shop displaying some samples of what each class offers to help you decide what class/es is/are best for you.

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One of the exciting new ‘activities’ we are starting this year is our Product of the Month. Each month we will feature a different product – it could be a yarn, a book, a pattern or a tool – and we are offering a 10% discount (20% for Members) on the chosen item for the entire month!  Woohoo!  We will have a display set up in the shop so look for it when you come in. All the nitty gritty in an upcoming blog post.

February is the month of ‘amour’ – well at least Sunday 14th is!  Along with our Product of the Month display we will have a Valentine’s Day in shop display up and running from 1st – 13th February.  We have some patterns, samples and products all suitable for you to show your love and appreciation to significant others in your life.

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Shown above is one of our new samples for our Valentine’s Day display, Lovely Cowl by Ashley Solley knit in Shibui’s gorgeously soft Baby Alpaca.

Dates for your diary:

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2 – 27 February

 Product of the Month – Revive by Rowan

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Friday

5, 12, 19, 26th February

Sit and Yarn 11am – 1pm

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Monday-Saturday

1-13 February

Valentine’s Day Display

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Wednesday

3 February

Finishing Your Knits Class

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Wednesday

10 February

Top Down Socks Class

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Wednesday

17 February

Beginners Crochet Class

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Wednesday

24 February

Slipped Stitch & Mosaic Colourwork Class

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We will be adding new content to our Youtube channel this month so keep an eye open for it.  And our Ravelry Group – Sunspun Fibre Folk – is growing steadily.  There is a new thread open for chatting – First Project on Your Needles/Hook in 2016.  Click on over and share, show and tell us all your first project for 2016.

Happy ‘yarning’
Amy, Karen and Nicole.


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Xmas and 2015 in Review

Can you believe it is Xmas time already?!?!?

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2015 has been a big year here at Sunspun

  • We farewelled Jules and Jackie and welcomed Karen and Nicole.
  • We welcomed Sue and Melinda as visiting teachers.
  • A past member of our Sunspun Family, Kylie, released the first patterns for her label, Whisky Bay Woollens.
  • We had our first off site stall at The Craft Sessions.
  • Our huge Spring Clean Sale saw so much yarn heading home with many happy yarn folk!
  • Cascade 220, a much loved yarn around the world, was added to our yarn range and it has been mega popular.
  • We introduced several new yarns into our range – yarns from Zealana containing possum fibres – Heron and Air, Trapillo from Trap Art and Twig from Shibui just to name a few. Mmmm …..
  • We had some interesting and entertaining blog posts – for example Craft on Film, Slow Craft, Knitting in Scotland and crafting in Paris – ooh la la!!
  • We introduced our Magazine Subscription Service to ensure you always have the magazines you love.
  • We held our first Summer Yarn Tasting – it was a full house with those eager to try some summer weight yarns. This may be the first of many ‘yarn tasting’ events. Shhh don’t tell anyone – it’s a secret!!
  • Our new Sit & Yarn group has started. Feel free to join in on Friday mornings from 11am-1pm.
  • We launched our very own youtube channel – Sunspun. Keep watch for more and more tutorials to be added.
  • We held our first KAL/CAL – a shawl along – in fact, it is still going and you can still join in. Details in our ravelry group thread.
  • We expanded our pattern range by releasing three new free patterns just in time for xmas – Mesh Scarf, Textured Summer Cushion and Grandmother’s Favourite Face Washer. For your convenience, we have included all the bits and bobs – fabric, buttons and cushion insert – in a kit for the Textured Summer Cushion. Expect more new patterns next year.
  • We have assembled two beautiful gift packs – a Knitter’s Care Pack and a Mitts Pack. We love these!

     

    Both our ravelry group – Sunspun Fibre Folk – and Facebook page have been re-invigorated so feel free to follow our shenanigans in these places. You may even find something you would like to join in…..

     

    Phew – as you can see – a busy, busy year …… but what fun we had!!

     

    Our last day of trading for 2015 is Christmas Eve – Thursday 24th December. We will be open till our usual closing time – 5pm. We will be having a small break between Christmas and New Year and will re-open 10am Tuesday 5th January 2016. We will remind you, via Instagram and Facebook, closer to the date so you have a chance to grab any last minute things you may need to carry you over our ‘re-charge the batteries’ break!

     

    Happy ‘yarning’,
    The Sunspun Team
    Amy, Karen and Nicole

     


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Summer Yarn Tasting

What, I hear you say, is Yarn Tasting?  I’m so glad you asked!!  You know how the bread shop gives you little samples to try so you know what you really like?  Well, we are giving you little samples to try so you know what you really like!

Summer presents many opportunities for yarn lovers to expand their horizons and knit/crochet with a whole variety of things that they perhaps haven’t tried before.  We know we are all wool, cashmere and alpaca lovers but have you experienced the wonderful crunch of linen, the softness of cotton or the beautiful sheen of bamboo?

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We have decided that you all need to try these intriguing and fabulous yarns and experience the different textured fabrics they produce.  In a country with the weather vagaries that Australia experiences it just makes sense to have some summer yarns and projects as part of your ‘yarny’ repertoire.  So details …….

When:              Saturday 5th December 2015     11am – 3pm

Where:            Sunspun Shop – 185 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury

What to bring:    Knitting needles/crochet hooks in sizes 3.25mm, 3.50mm, 4.00mm (note knitting needles/crochet hooks can’t be supplied)

Cost:                  Enthusiasm!

We will have small amounts of various yarns wound off for you to try.  You will be able to take home all the swatches you make for your swatch library (we know you all have one!!!).  We will have some samples made up for you to see how these yarns behave in ‘bigger than swatch size’ fabric and some patterns that would be suitable for them as well.

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As a bonus and a ‘thank you for coming’, if you purchase any of the featured yarns or patterns on the day, you will receive a 10% discount.

Please let us know if you are coming to participate (you can email shop@sunspun.com.au us or phone us 03 9830 1609) so we can make sure we have enough yarn prepared.

How exciting – yarn never ‘tasted’ so good!!

Happy ‘yarning’

Karen.

 


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Come and have a Sit and Yarn!

For a while now we have wanted to start a group for those interested in coming into the shop and spending some time with like minded souls and having a natter and a knit/crochet.

And it is finally happening!

Commencing Friday 20th November 2015

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Every friday morning from 11am – 1pm (for the price of a smile!) we are having a sit and yarn around our big square table.  We would love to hear the happy chatter and click clack of needles and hooks of yarn lovers at work.

Bring your cuppa and your current project or maybe start a new one!  Tap into the combined knowledge and skills of the group and share and contribute your own.  Meet and greet those folk you know or get to know new folk.  We know yarn lovers are never happier than when talking yarn with those who ‘get’ them!

If you have any queries feel free to give us a call (03) 9830 1609 (mon-sat 10am-5pm) or email us at shop@sunspun.com.au.

Here’s to working with yarn while having a yarn amongst the yarn!

Happy ‘yarning’,

Karen.

 

 


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Art & Fashion

A slight change of pace this week.

This year’s Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program honours the work of Jenny Kee and her four-decade contribution to Australian fashion. Together with Linda Jackson at their shop Flamingo Park, Jenny and Linda presented a truly unique idea of Australian fashion that drew on our cultural and natural landscape, and elements of indigenous art. Their clothes were colourful, audacious and, most of all, fun.

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Source: Jenny Kee, Winter Knits

Jenny’s influence and aesthetic extends to the present day, most notably in her collaboration with local designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett from Romance Was Born.

For the exhibition ‘A New Beginning’ at Melbourne gallery Pieces of Eight, Jenny has created a limited edition capsule collection that references her iconic designs and motifs, including the Sturt pea, banksia and especially her beloved waratah.  As Jenny herself has said, ‘This collection represents a blend of Italian Baruffa wool, Chinese knitting technology with Australian design – my heritage in one!’

The exhibition goes until 28 March – you can’t miss the stunning installation by paper artist Benja Harney at the entrance, with Jenny’s trademark red glasses greeting you on approach.

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Source: photograph by Andrew Barcham, courtesy of Pieces of Eight Gallery

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You can knit a Jenny item of your own from her pattern books Winter Knits and Nature Knits (try eBay or secondhand shops).

WinterKnitsJenny’s work is very adaptable, and the character and mood of a piece alters altogether with even just a palette change. Her Peace sweater below, for instance, looks completely different when knit in black and white and in colour.

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The individual motifs from some patterns can be pulled out for different uses, for instance in this hand-knit scarf, which was made for Jenny herself. (Pic is of the unblocked scarf.)9543359231_22252c2dc4_o

The same motifs work beautifully in this limited-edition machine-knitted beanie, which is available for sale with the rest of her new collection at Pieces of Eight.

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In store news, sixteen wonderful shades of Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal have arrived. This 4 ply fine tweed yarn, a blend of wool and cashmere, is a good substitute for Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft. Each 100 g ball is 380 metres, so, depending on the pattern, four balls should more than suffice for an adult garment. As always, larger balls means fewer ends to deal with!

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Debbie Bliss patterns for this yarn include delicate shawls, cosy cowls and classic sweaters. We have the book instore, so please drop by and have a look.

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Easter trading: We are closed from Easter Friday, 3 April, until Easter Monday, 6 April, reopening on 7 April.

We are starting to plan and stock up for our own holiday projects. Come in and tell us yours!


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Wishing & Hoping & Planning & Dreaming

When the sun is shining, the air warm and the sky blue, it can be hard to think of working with wool. Mercifully, there is such a good selection of lighter weight yarns and non-woolly options such as linen, silk and cotton to play with that knitters and crocheters do not need to sit with their hands idle.

Midsummer is also when many of us start planning our cooler-weather knits, taking heed of trends and styles playing out in the northern hemisphere (hot tip: brioche stitch), and adapting them to our lifestyle and use. And asking tough questions such as, will I really, really wear this It Pattern? Does it go with the rest of my wardrobe and what I usually wear? Or, what the hell, I’m ready to try something new!

One of our favourite sources of inspiration is Brooklyn Tweed, whose latest collection for Winter 2015 is just out. As ever, it has us wanting to queue everything. Brooklyn Tweed’s collections are always wearable yet stylish, fashionable yet timeless, and their instructions are impeccable. This season features designs by Michele Wang, Véronik Avery, Norah Gaughan, Jared Flood and Julie Hoover.

We like Julie’s la-di-da nod to Annie Hall with a woven-stitch turtleneck pullover with bell sleeves, appropriately named Keaton. We don’t carry BT yarns because they can barely meet their domestic demand, but we can see Keaton working in our Shilasdair or Isager yarns.

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Another delightful Hoover pattern is Harper, a stretchy slouch cap in a striped twisted rib. It’s a very tidy toque that doesn’t take much yarn, and you’ll have fun selecting two contrasting or tonal colours for this project. We can see this working beautifully with Shibui or any luxurious fingering-weight one-skeins you have.

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Jared Flood’s dramatic Carpeaux shows off its architectural form through cables, ribs and brioche stitch. As with other Jared projects, the finish is polished and well realised. Any strong worsted or 10 ply yarn will produce a handsome result.

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Source: Brooklyn Tweed

We carry some printed BT patterns in-store, but they are readily available for download through their website or Ravelry. (And just for a bit of fun, here’s Julie shooting Jared when they spent their day at the New York Met seeking inspiration.)

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Source: Julie Hoover

In Store News, back by popular demand is the buttery, super-soft Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Lace. Each 100 g hank is a generous 795 metres, perfect for an ethereally light shawl or a whisper-soft cardigan.

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We know it’s a bit daggy to get excited about needles, but these ones by Hiroshima are so beautiful to behold, we want to tell everyone about them! We stock the sharps and blunt-tipped tapestry needles, which come in a little cork-tipped acrylic test tube. Such a good idea!

HiroshimaNeedlesWe’ve also just restocked the Tasmanian Art Viva needles, which come in 4 mm, 5 mm and 6mm. These distinctive handcrafted needles make every project a pleasure, and are perfect for new junior knitters.

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Clover crochet kits have also been replenished, and come in a nifty zippered pouch of ten hooks.

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Finally, if you’re tired of getting jabbed while seaming, give these wonder clips a go. They hold the pieces together while you work.

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What are you planning to make for autumn and winter this year? Drop us a line and let us know.